Maxine Grad, D-Moretown, is running for re-election, seeking an eighth term for state representative for the district representing Moretown, Duxbury, Fayston, Waitsfield and Warren.
"I am proud of my accomplishments and want to do more to help keep Vermonters safe, healthy, and help our communities thrive. If re-elected, I will continue to work on education and health care financing, public safety and sustainable economic growth. I want to help craft reforms that will improve education quality and address the property tax pressures that challenge our district," she said.
As the vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Grad is proud of her work in protecting domestic violence victims, addressing Vermont's opiate crisis, strengthening sex offender and child abuse and vulnerable adult laws. Grad championed the passage of a law that granted greater public access to criminal records. "I will use my leadership on child protection issues to reform our system to protect vulnerable children in the wake of the DCF controversy," stated Grad, who received the 2006 Legislative Leadership Award for her work combating voyeurism, stalking, sexual assault and crimes against minors.
Regarding public safety and a new ban on handheld cellphones which she helped get passed, Grad said, "This law will save lives. Deaths and injuries from cellphone use while driving come with high economic and societal costs." As lead sponsor, Grad worked with EMS departments to pass a law that protects personnel while acting in the line of duty.
"As a mother and policymaker, children's health and safety is a priority to me," said Grad, who was named Legislator of the Year in 2002 by Vermont Children's Forum and Seven Days Rookie of the Year. Grad was lead sponsor of a bill that supports breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. "When we support working women, we are supporting children, employers and contributing to a sustainable workforce," she said.
Grad facilitated the acquisition of a conservation easement to the Duxbury Land Trust, helped with the designation of the Mad River Byway, serves on committees addressing sidewalks and energy, and is a strong supporter of her district's public libraries and the local food industry. She is currently working with school boards to craft education quality and funding solutions.
The Department of Defense recognized Grad as a leader on changes positively impacting the quality of life of Vermont service members and their families. Additionally, Grad received a citation from the Military Order of the Purple Heart for her work establishing the Vermont Purple Heart Trail. She sponsored legislation that expanded scholarships for children of National Guard members who died while in active duty and helped secure extra funding for the veterans' medal program.
"Maxine listens to ours concerns. Her votes are a great start toward affordability of living in the Valley towns," said Jane Hobart, Fayston resident.